U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Interviews with truck driver, MSP Trooper – Bulletin – young moose dies after being hit by a truck on U.S. 41 in west Marquette County just before midnight

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U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Interviews with Pomp’s Tire truck driver Rob Lemay and with MSP Trooper Alan Park
Moose killed in collision with tire truck

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By Greg Peterson

News Director, Owner

Upper Peninsula Breaking News

(Champion, MI) – Under a hazy half moon, all was going well for the driver of a large commercial tire truck who had helped a trucker in Houghton and was traveling back home to Gwinn.

Suddenly out of the darkness on a remote stretch of U.S.-41 lunged a moose – so quickly its not clear what direction the calf moose entered the highway.”

The accident happened on a dark stretch of U.S .Highway 41 a few miles west of the four lane passing area in Champion Township.
A calf moose is still much bigger than a huge whitetail buck and can do major damage.

The Pomp’s driver had just spent several hours on the road helping a semi-tractor trailer truck that had a flat tire in Houghton.

https://youtu.be/16MJhk8PDqY

That eastbound driver of the Pomp’s Tire truck, Rob Lemay of Gwinn, MI, said the calf moose literally came out of nowhere with no time to react.

“I was driving down the road there and the moose come out of nowhere and I hit it,” Lemay told U.P. Breaking News. “

Despite the fact the moose was a calf it caused heavy damage and the truck was totaled in the crash, Michigan State Police said.
“A commercial vehicle traveling eastbound on U.S. 41,” said Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper Alan Park. “A calf moose ran across (the highway) from an unknown direction and the vehicle collided with that moose.”

“The moose died on impact.” MSP Trooper Park. “The vehicle was totaled.”

Drugs, alcohol and the speed of the truck are not a factor in the wreck, police said.

The truck driver was not injured – but sadly the calf was to badly damaged to be harvested for food banks.

Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper Alan Park

Pomp’s Tire

Pomp’s Tire truck driver Rob Lemay of Gwinn, MI

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U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Listen to Marquette, MI rescue services audio of the freak accident involving injured an elderly Marquette woman who was pinned underneath her own vehicle at Park Cemetery: Thankfully she is expected to survive thanks to bystanders and emergency personnel – and how a prayer license plate may have helped the victim survive

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving

And into His courts with Praise:

Be Thankful unto Him and bless His name.”

Listen to rescue services audio of the freak accident that injured an elderly Marquette woman who she is expected to live

By Greg Peterson

News Director, Owner

Upper Peninsula Breaking News

(Marquette, MI) – The victim of a freak accident in Marquette – was pinned underneath her own tire.

Even if she could not see it – her front license plate stated:

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving

And into His courts with Praise:

Be Thankful unto Him and bless His name.”

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That elderly woman is lucky to be alive after she was run over by her own car while trying to visit graves at the Park Cemetery in Marquette.

The Marquette Fire Department and other emergency responders rescued 72-year-old Rebecca Johnson of Marquette – including paramedics from U.P. Health System – Marquette.

Police said the victim was knocked over by her vehicle – that rolled onto her.

She was rushed to the hospital.

https://youtu.be/gaWvkCJgHls

A bystander is being hailed as a hero – Don Ohman – ran to the victim, stopped the vehicle, called 911 and comforted the victim til help arrived.

The front tire of the victim’s Chevrolet Equinox landed on her chest at about 12:230 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – and bystanders did not want to cause more injuries by moving the car or trying to drive it off of the women – who was badly hurt but the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, Marquette Police said.

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Park Cemetery in Marquette truly had life, near death, and youth plus a NMU USOEC Greco-Roman wrestler at NMU USOEC Olympic education Center – AND woman trapped under car at cemetery

U.P. Breaking News Important – it was the good – the bad and the USOEC Wrestler today at Park Cemetery in Marquette

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By Greg Peterson

(Marquette, MI) – It was a crazy afternoon at the Park Cemetery after a woman was lucky NOT to die in the cemetery when the car roiled over her- followed by kids and the wrestler.

 

Marquette Police say she was transported to the hospital after being pinned by a tire on the chest as she was underneath a crossover van/SUV. She had apparently just put the vehicle in park and walked in front of it – one report had her involved in a nearby Veterans event.

 

A Marquette Police officer said the victim left the scene in an ambulance with non-life threatening injuries although she did get injured.

More soon:

 

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U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Like a perfect mirror to the U.P. Drug Epidemic – Federal meth crackdown leads to charges of dealing methamphetamines and attempting to manufacture it near a school in Baraga County and more – and one suspect was still on probation on state meth charges; The busts are great for public health but – The U.P. will not be able to arrest itself out of this epidemic of big city meth, heroin, crack, Seboxone, prescription medication and more – plus crisis with full jails and prisons – much needed is state and federal funding for a wide range of things including prevention, reaching out to addicts, and a desperate need for substance abuse treatment beds

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39 year-old Matthew Gordon Lundy

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24-year-old Jordan Michael Koskinen

Indictment Plus Count 1

By Greg Peterson
News Director, Owner
Upper Peninsula Breaking News

** Efforting suspect photos
906-273-2433

(Baraga, MI) – A crystal meth probe in Baraga County has led to two men to be indicted by a federal grand jury in Marquette last week on numerous felonies including attempting to make the highly addictive drug near a secondary school and scamming to get ephedrine – a key ingredient in the toxic mix of chemicals  – and they were arraigned on Friday.

Both men are believed to have lived in Baraga area prior to their arrests where they are accused of allegedly getting people hooked on meth – or at least supply current addicts.
Named in the indictment are 24-year-old Jordan Michael Koskinen and 39 year-old Matthew Gordon Lundy.

Lundy and Koskinen pleaded not guilty during their first appearance/arraignment this past Friday, August 19, 2016 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley who ordered both defendants held without bond.

Count 1 Conspiracy to Manufacture

The five-count federal indictment alleges all the crimes charged happened on or about June 29, 2016 in Baraga County. Lundy was sentenced on state meth charges last year, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) website.

Federal judges who preside in Marquette have called the meth epidemic a public health crisis that is strangling people of all ages – but many are addicted young. The judges have been shocked at how much the big city drug crisis has come home – and its been very evident over the past 5 to 10 years. Its not only meth.

 

 

In epidemic proportions, U.P. law enforcement are witnessing a generation of young people hooked on prescription pills like pain medication and the downers like benzos (often stolen from the people they love and know). In absolute crisis proportions – the  U.P. has witnessed the big time return of heroin and even crack. The drug crisis is going to take a lot of money because of the costs of removing the volatile substances and much more.

The U.P. has also witnessed a rise in abuse of Seboxone –  a drug specially designed to help addicts not be so sick during withdrawal. But ways were found around that. It has gotten so bad that the state or federal government needs to help including with quality treatment facilities because the U.P. can not arrest itself out of this crisis. Plus the jails and prisons are over-populated.

Count 2 attempted manufacture by school

Apparently Lundy pleaded either no contest or guilty on July 7, 2015 to a state of Michigan charge of attempted delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine that happened in May 2014 in Baraga County.
The maximum sentence was two years in prison, however was released on two years probation through July 2017 – instead of given prison time, according to the MDOC website.

Federal prosecutors allege in count 1 that the two suspects “knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with each other and with others, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.”

In count two, the two men are charged with attempting to “manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, within 1,000 feet of a secondary school.”

In count three, the federal indictment charges both men with “knowingly and intentionally possessed equipment, chemicals, products and materials which may be used to manufacture a controlled substance, knowing, intending, and having reasonable cause to believe that such equipment, chemicals, products and materials would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.”

In the final two counts, federal prosecutors alleged the same crime but separately for each man alleging they both procured pseudoephedrine, a vital ingredient in methamphetamine.

In count four, only Lundy is charged with “knowingly and intentionally possessed and distributed pseudoephedrine, a List I Chemical (pseudoephedrine), and aided, abetted, counseled, commanded and induced such possession and distribution, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that such pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II
controlled substance.”

Koskinen was the only one of the two named in count five on a charge of selling, distributing, or dispensing involving a vital ingredient in methamphetamine with the indictment stating he had “reasonable cause to believe that such pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.”

Lundy and Koskinen were indicted on on Tuesday and arrested Thursday (August 18, 2016) by U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Agent Sarah Hill in Baraga, MI.
Hill is a member of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and specializes in Native American reservation drug trafficking. The prosecutor in the case is Asst.U.S. Attorney Hannah Bobee.

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is working with several other state and federal agencies to crack down on large scale drug dealing and related activities on Upper Peninsula Native American Reservations with two major cases underway involving pot and meth in the western and central U.P.
Both were indicted on similar charges. Both will be getting in-patient substance abuse treatment.

Both were indicted on three of the same charges including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and the attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine; plus selling, distributing, dispensing of meth by the “possession and distribution of a list I chemical with knowledge that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.”
Both suspects were ordered to remain in custody at the Marquette County Jail in Marquette, MI.
Lundy may be undergoing addiction treatment.

In an effort to ask the judge to reconsidering no bond order, both are scheduled for a detention hearings before Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley.
Federal prosecutors requested no bond on Friday because both suspects face over 10 years in prison if convicted.
Both were indicted on August 16, 2016 by a a federal grand jury sitting in Marquette, MI

Federal Indictment Returned by Federal Grand Jury sitting in Marquette, MI

Matthew Gordon Lundy was charge with counts 1 thru 4:

Count 1
June 29, 2016 Baraga County
Conspiracy to manufacture controlled substance; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine
Federal prosecutors allege on June 29, 2016 in Baraga County the two suspects “knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with each other and with others, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.”

Count 2
Controlled substance – manufacture; attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine
In count two, the two men are charged with attempting to “manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, within 1,000 feet of a secondary school.”

Count 3
Unlawful acts – controlled substance – distribution; possession of equipment, chemicals, products and materials with intent to manufacture methamphetamine
In count three, the federal indictment charges both men with “knowingly and intentionally possessed equipment, chemicals, products and materials which may be used to manufacture a controlled substance, knowing, intending, and having reasonable cause to believe that such equipment, chemicals, products and materials would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, a
Schedule II controlled substance.”

Count 4
Possession and Distribution of a List I Chemical with Knowledge that It Would Be Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine
Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; possession and distribution of a list I chemical with knowledge that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine

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Jordan Michael Koskinen was named in counts 1, 2, 4, 5
Filed: 08/16/2016

Count 1
Conspiracy to manufacture controlled substance; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine

Count 2
Controlled substance – manufacture; attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine

Count 4
Controlled substance – sell, distribute, or dispense; possession and distribution of a list I chemical with knowledge that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine

Count 5
Possession and Distribution of a List I Chemical with Knowledge that It Would Be Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine
Koskinen is the only suspect charged in count 5 that alleges he “knowingly and intentionally possessed and distributed pseudoephedrine, a List I Chemical, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that such pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance

Laws cited in counts 1 thru 5:

Citation: 21:846=CM.F
Offense Level: 4
21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(C)

Count: 2
Citation: 21:841A=CM.F
Offense Level: 4
21:841(a)(1), 21:846, 21:841(b)(1)(C), 21:860(a), 18:2(a)

Count: 3
Citation: 21:843A=CD.F
Offense Level: 4
21:843(a)(6), 21:843(d)(2), 18:2(a)

Count: 5 Citation: 21:841A=CD.F
Offense Level: 4
21:841(c)(2), 21:802(33) and (34)(K), 21 C.F.R. 1310.02(a)(11)

Related info and links:

Federal Prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah N. Bobee

(906) 226-2500 (wk)

906-226-3700 (fax)

hannah.bobee at usdoj.gov

The defense attorneys for the suspects are basically court-appointed federal public defenders

Elizabeth A. LaCosse (FPD)

Defense attorney Matthew Gordon Lundy

(906) 226-3050 (wk)

(906) 273-0070 (fax)

beth_lacosse at fd.org

Sarah Emily Henderson

Defense Attorney for Jordan Michael Koskinen

(906) 228-2855 (wk)

(906) 228-2863 (fax)

shenderson at casselmanandhenderson.com

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U.S. Parole Officer (USPO) Sheila Osborn

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Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET)

P.O. Box 86

Marquette, MI 49855

(Donations can be sent to the above address)

(906) 228-1002

(906) 228-0756 (fax)

www.facebook.com/upsetdrugs

http://upsetdrugs.com

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/BIA

http://www.bia.gov

http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-028053.pdf

http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/RegionalOffices/Midwest/WeAre/Michigan/index.htm

U.S. BIA Agent Sarah Hill

U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

ATF Special Agent Aaron Voogd

www.ATF.gov

https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/tag/u-s-atf/

U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley

P.O. Box 698

Marquette MI 49855

(906) 226-3854 (office)

(906) 226-3854 (Case manager)

http://www.miwd.uscourts.gov/content/magistrate-judge-timothy-p-greeley

https://www.nmu.edu/criminaljustice/faculty-staff-greeley

https://www.nmu.edu/criminaljustice/here-comes-judge

https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/category/u-s-magistrate-judge-timothy-p-greeley

Baraga County Sheriff’s Department

http://www.baragacounty.org/government/county-sheriff/

Baraga County Sheriff’s Department

940 US Highway 41

L’Anse, MI 49946

Phone: (906) 524-6100 Ext. 695

Email: johnsonr at baragacounty.org

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK (INCLUDING HOLIDAYS)

Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility

Sheriff Rick Johnson

Undersheriff Jim Gabe

Deputies

Joe Brogan – Chief Deputy

Fabian Kristo

Joe Brogan

Chad Soli

Correction Officers

Shelley Lloyd

Ryan Treadeau

John Gransell

Bruce Tangen

Tyler Harkonen

Kim Mills

Nancy Kent

Part-Time

Daune Smith – Homeland Security Director

Alison King – Animal Control Deputy

Pat Chamberlain – Correction Officer

Feds double down on alleged pot kingpin who is accused of reopening his tribal marijuana operation while free on bond: State, Federal and Tribal Drug Agents, including the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs have filed additional search warrants for cell phones to collect more evidence in the case of a convicted drug trafficker whose rogue multi-million dollar marijuana operation flaunted state pot laws and was raided in Bruce Crossing including several U.P. dispensaries

#1 Search warrant for Cell phone, social media against drug kingpin

By Greg Peterson

News Director, Owner

Upper Peninsula Breaking News

The vegetable soup of federal agencies are targeting Spencer Troy Ward and numerous co-defendants:

U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (USBIA)

U.S. BIA Special Agent Sarah C. Hill

Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement team (UPSET)

UPSET, USBIA, ATF  get permission from a federal magistrate judge today for an ATF  agent to search search the cell phone and social contacts through Facebook via the phone in mounting evidence against an alleged rogue marijuana grower Spencer Troy Ward who hired dozens of people to pump out pot alleged openly flaunting state marijuana laws – and many have been named in recent criminal complaints and the latest round of federal indictment

 

To read more on the other raids on this alleged operation by Spencer Troy Ward clicking these links:
https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/tag/spencer-troy-ward

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/08/08/usbiamajorpotring/

https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/tag/spencer-ward/

U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Photos, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs info on multi-million dollar pot growing ring plus several dispensaries raided – a bust so big in fact – that the marijuana grow could not be immediately be dismantled and “was not seized due to the size and quantity of equipment and UPSET’s inability to transport this equipment without large trucks” – while the alleged ringleader now stands accused of continuing to distribute marijuana while out on bond – The alleged pot boss is a convicted drug trafficker who allegedly openly flaunted state laws that allow marijuana growing operations but only under the strictest regulations and licensing

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Cell Phone Text Messages #1#7 Search warrant for Cell phone, social media against drug kingpin#5 Search warrant for Cell phone, social media against drug kingpin#4 Search warrant for Cell phone, social media against drug kingpin#3 Search warrant for Cell phone, social media against drug kingpin#2 Search warrant for Cell phone, social media against drug kingpin

Full docket text for document 1:

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Application and affidavit for search and seizure warrant as to Samsung Galaxy Prime cellular Trac phone, model number SM-S820L, bearing serial number 802bdd0b.

Signed by Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley

The drug operation is described in detail in these new cell phone warrant for the main suspect Troy

# (1) Continuation of Search Warrant Application

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# (2) Attachment A

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# (3) Attachment B

1-3

 

Case Summary

All Defendants USA v. Samsung Galaxy Prime cellular Trac phone, model number SM-S820L, bearing serial number 802bdd0b

Samsung Galaxy Prime cellular Trac phone, model number SM-S820L, bearing serial number 802bdd0b
Date filed: 08/18/2016
Date terminated: 08/18/2016
Date of last filing: 08/18/2016

Federal Prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat

U.S. Attorney (Marquette)
Citizens Bank Building, 2nd Fl.
1930 US 41 W
Marquette, MI 49855

Maarten.Vermaat at usdoj.gov

(906) 226-2500

Editorial: Pure Michigan Campaign not only a lie but also sick joke – U.P. BREAKING NEWS DEMANDS that RICO charges be filed against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and several administration lackeys plus members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission for the ongoing rape of the environment, blatantly lying to public about wolf hunt, destroying northern Michigan deer herd in many ways, and doing unspeakable crimes against children

U.P. Breaking News Editorial:

Pure Michigan Campaign Tour of U.P. is Final Straw – as Media lays down likes pigs on teat – throw this gov guy and his co-conspirators in prison on federal RICO charges

Impure Michigan

Federal RICO is only way to handle unrepentant Snyder – crimes fit the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

Hath Michigan Governor Rick Snyder No Shame?

Hath The U.P. Media No Shame?

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Have you noticed the U.P. media feeding at the teat of Gov. Snyder’s Pure Michigan Campaign PR tour of the U.P. – with no critical thinking

Complete with his supposed floating town hall – to his poor attempt to look like a Yooper by taking kayak ride – this Creepy Governor Hath No Shame While He Oversaw Environmental Murder Organization and lying to Public

By Greg Peterson

News Director, Owner

Upper Peninsula Breaking News

PURE MICHIGAN campaign is not only false but a disgusting joke by Snyder Administration, its strong-arming lackeys within DNR that impose their will on biologists, and other insiders like the Michigan Resources Commission, administration should be rounded up on federal RICO charges.

Worst environmental Governor in Michigan History – while trying to look like a sportsman – a haggard-looking Snyder has been touring the U.P. touting the absurd “Pure Michigan” Campaign.

Wake up folks – wether you are Democrat or Republican – you should not be happy about the rape of the Michigan’s environment – then a disgusting coverup campaign named Pure Michigan

The Snyder Administration created an ongoing criminal enterprise and organization by:
Creating an environment within the MI-DNR that helped the creation and coverup of a statewide water crisis – like the entire generation of low income kids who were poisoned in Flint and in many cities – and lying to the public, betraying the wildlife, covering up with a fictitious Pure Michigan campaign.

The environmental gang rape of Michigan by lawmakers cannot even come close to any good things that have happened – many in a panicked response to their criminal enterprise becoming public. By the way – I have walked the walk with the Michigan environment – please go to Linked In and see what projects I have been directly involved in like helping pollinators.

The Upper Peninsula wildlife have no bigger enemy than the dastardly and CRIMINAL Administration of Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (2011-not soon enuf).

There were also environmental crimes of the Democratic Administration of Jennifer M. Granholm (2003-2010).

While working for Indian Country Today, I submitted questions that Granholm refused to answer in reference to state mining corruption, and state materials and more being used to support the rape of Indian Treaties and the joke of a mine – a terrible tradeoff – the Acid Mine hidden in north Marquette County. Never has a mine been sold so quick as it was starting production – and only a handful of temporary jobs.

Meanwhile mining conglomerates suck away billions in precious metals – and if history is any example – leave a criminal environmental mess behind.

Also we praised CCI for long-term jobs until – in our opinion – CCI’s recent manipulations of the housing and land market and the closure of the Empire Mine – CCI made off big time.

We challenge the Snyder Administration, all of its DNR and NRC lackeys – to argue they did not blatantly lie to the public about the Michigan Wolf Hunt.

***A reminder to federal prosecutors – sorta like they got Capone on tax charges – the Governor, the NRC and others actually joked about the dwindling northern Michigan Deer Herd as they formed the public lie about opening up a wolf season.

Remember taxpayers spent millions of dollars per wolf – and with lawmakers spreading fear about wolves – they denied the real reason was the near destruction of the U.P. Deer Herd in past 8 years.

If you would like me to list all the pollution that plagues the state it would like take hours – and whether Yoopers admit it – they know we have screwed the pooch on the Michigan environment. No one should deer hunt in the U.P. (or the wasting disease) northern Lower Peninsula for at least a decade. Period. Unless you need meat.

But to list a handful that each have big time impacts – treaty violations, wolf hunt lie, U.P. And northern LP deer herd destruction in several ways, cozy deals, corruption in the Marquette County Road Commission disguised with pitiful record-keeping, you can’t eat but a few Lake Trout from polluted Lake Superior.

To see other Unpure Michigan – things visit the websites:

Not Pure Michigan Banner

http://www.notsopuremichigan.com/

http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,1607,7-186-25806—,00.html

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http://www.politicususa.com/tag/rick-snyder

See No Evil Gov Snyder

http://wonkette.com/599112/looks-like-pretty-much-everyone-tried-to-warn-rick-snyder-about-flints-water

http://www.uptravel.com/events-6/

http://www.michigan.gov/formergovernors/0,4584,7-212–54132–,00.html

El Water Creepo

The KingPin in Criminal Sick Joke – Pure Michigan

http://www.michigan.org

https://www.pinterest.com/puremichigan/

U.P. Media at Pig's Teat

U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Dramatic Police Chase Audio, Video and Photos: In robberies similar to one at an Escanaba motel yesterday morning, Charges expected as three suspects busted for dawn motel robbery attempt in Harvey – Then police stopped their car shortly after holdup at Kassel’s Kornor in Chocolay Township – The motel robbery involved attempted stickup with knives that led to the clerk whipping out a gun and scaring off would-be bandits

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Armed robbery suspects busted by Marquette Police, Marquette County Deputies, Michigan State Police

Robberies Believed Linked:

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Two Chocolay Twp robberies investigated – Three suspects questioned as stickups in Chocolay Township area similar to hotel robbery yesterday in Escanaba

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By Greg Peterson

Owner, U.P. Breaking News

www.UPBreakingNews.com

**U.P. Breaking News will soon be release exclusive video and photos from the robberies and arrests.

(Harvey, MI) – Three suspects – all young males – are being questioned following an attempted holdup at a Chocolay Township hotel this morning that led to a hotel clerk pulling a gun on the knife-wielding suspects clad in dark clothes and masks – followed by a holdup at a convenience store a few miles away.

The robbery attempt occurred just before dawn (about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016) at the America’s Best Value Inn located at 1010 M-28 East at U.S. 41 South at the main intersection in Harvey in Chocolay Township.

Meanwhile the second robbery – occurred at Kassel’s Kornor at 6400 U.S. 41-South and County Road 480.

No word on how much was taken in the holdup.

The robberies are similar to one yesterday at the Quality Inn in Escanaba.

The masked suspects fled on foot after threatening the clerk with knives – and fled into a get away vehicle. The clerk pulled out a gun and scared off the would-be bandits.

The suspects were stopped by a team of officers from the Marquette Police, the Marquette County Sheriff’s department and Michigan State Police.

A State Police K-9 unit was called but the search ended when police stopped the suspects a few miles from the motel. One of the suspects was witnessed being given a drunk driving exam by law enforcement.

The robbery is similar to an early Monday morning armed robbery at a Delta County Hotel.

An “armed and dangerous” lookout was been broadcast across the U.P. for two young men wearing bandanas who were involved in a stickup at a Delta County motel early yesterday (Monday, August 15, 2016) ).

Escanaba Public Safety is investigating the armed robbery that happened about 12:30 yesterday morning at the Quality Inn in Escanaba.

Both are considered armed and dangerous.

The all points bulletin was put out for two unknown males – at east one is a white male.

Both suspects are in their mid to late 20s.

The white male was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a blue bandana

The second suspect has the same age and dress description but was wearing a white bandana.

Both fled on foot but may have gotten into a getaway vehicle.

We will be providing even more exclusive details later this morning as U.P. Breaking News was the only media on both scenes and the arrests.

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U.P. Breaking News URGENT Public Safety Bulletin: Two “armed and dangerous” motel robbery suspects in bandanas pull off stickup early today in Escanaba, MI

URGENT from Upper Peninsula Breaking News: Two white males – motel robbery suspects – pull off stickup early today in Escanaba, MI and are considered “armed and dangerous”

By Greg Peterson

U.P. Breaking News

www.UPBreakingNews.com

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(Escanaba, MI) – An “armed and dangerous” lookout has been broadcast across the U.P. for two young men wearing bandanas who were involved in a stickup at a Delta County motel early today (Monday, August 15, 2016) ) and possibly fled in a truck with big mud tires.

Escanaba Public Safety is investigating the armed robbery that happened about 12:30 this morning at the Quality Inn in Escanaba.

Both are considered armed and dangerous.

The all points bulletin was put out for two unknown white males.

Both suspects are in their mid to late 20s

The first white male was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a blue bandana

The second suspect has the same age and dress description but was wearing a white bandana.

Both fled on foot but may have gotten into a getaway vehicle.

The suspects possibly left scene in an unknown truck with mud tires.

If you have any information on these suspects please call 911 asap.

U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Photos, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs info on multi-million dollar pot growing ring plus several dispensaries raided – a bust so big in fact – that the marijuana grow could not be immediately be dismantled and “was not seized due to the size and quantity of equipment and UPSET’s inability to transport this equipment without large trucks” – while the alleged ringleader now stands accused of continuing to distribute marijuana while out on bond – The alleged pot boss is a convicted drug trafficker who allegedly openly flaunted state laws that allow marijuana growing operations but only under the strictest regulations and licensing

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Convicted drug trafficker without legal Michigan medical marijuana caregiver license busted again – many others in plea negotiations – U.P. dispensaries raided

By Greg Peterson

News Director, Owner

Upper Peninsula Breaking News

(Ontonagon County, MI) – A slew of state and federal agents have once again busted a multi-million dollar pot growing ring after raiding dispensaries in Iron River, Marquette and Watersmeet – and the alleged ringleader is a convicted drug trafficker who is accused of restarting his rogue marijuana operation that apparently flaunted state medical marijuana laws.

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Among the agencies involved in the bust are the U.S. Bureau for Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Michigan State Police, the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, Michigan National Guard aircraft and pilot, and more.

The 12-page felony complaint was filed against Spencer Troy Ward on July 28, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Northern Division in Marquette.

Ward was among three people arrested on federal drug charges earlier this year.

Charged in the 18-page federal conspiracy indictment are Spencer Troy Ward, 55, of Bruce Crossing; Sharon Marie Peltola, 54, of Bruce Crossing; Robert Harley Stapleton, 43, of Iron River, Craig Robert Asikainen, 36, of Negaunee.

Others named in the probe are Byron Hugh Adams, Peter John Jousma.

Ward was was re-arrested by U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Agent Sarah C. Hill in Paulding, MI.

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“I am currently investigating Spencer Troy Ward, Byron Hugh Adams, Peter John Jousma and others for violations of federal laws relating to controlled substances,” Agent Hill revealed in the complaint.

Federal prosecutors say Ward “conspired to manufacture plants and marijuana,” a schedule I controlled substance, in Ontonagon County “while released on bond.”

Between April and July 25, 2016, Ward allegedly “conspired to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana plants and marijuana” while out on bond on other federal drug charges.

“Grow equipment found at the time of the search warrant at Ward’s residence on Feb. 18, 2016 was not seized due to the size and quantity of equipment and UPSET’s inability to transport this equipment without large trucks,” Agent Hill stated.

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“Ward does not have a caregiver card issued under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act,” Hill stated.

Ward was free on an unsecured $100,000 bond when he was again arrested.

He was already facing numerous federal felony charges.

When released, Ward signed a bond conditions order that warned him to keep out of trouble.

“The commission of a (felony) federal offense while on pretrial release may result in an additional sentence to a term of imprisonment of not more than ten years,” the complaint states quoting the bond order. “The sentence shall be in addition to any other sentence.”

Ward first appeared before U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley in Marquette federal court on March 30, 2016 on a criminal complaint and was later named in an indictment – then a superseding indictment with his co-defendants.

The criminal complaint outlined details about the initial charges in the case.

“In October 2014, UPSET detectives completed two controlled buys of marijuana from the Upper Peninsula Caregivers Association (UPCA) dispensary in Watersmeet, MI,” the complaint states.

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“Between December 2015 and February 17, 2016, UPSET detectives completed several more controlled buys of marijuana from UPCA dispensaries in Watersmeet, MI; Iron River, MI; and Marquette, MI,” Agent Hill stated.

UPSET detectives and Agent Hill conducted four simultaneous raids executing marijuana related search warrants at Ward’s home plus at other locations on his property described as “outbuildings at 14747 N. Paynesville Road in Bruce Crossing, MI,” the complaint states.

At the same time as that raid, authorities executed searched warrants “at the three UPCA dispensaries that Ward supplied with marijuana,” the complaint states.

Those dispensaries “were located at 4826 First Street in Watersmeet Township, MI; 3954 West Highway U.S. 2 in Iron River Township, MI; and 414 South Front Street in Marquette, MI,” according to the criminal complaint.

A marijuana price list at the Watersmeet dispensary stated “an ounce of marijuana sells for $250” consistent with the dispensaries in Marquette and Iron River, Agent Hill stated, noting “at this price a pound of marijuana would sell for $4,000.”

“Based on this price, the value of the processed marijuana recovered at Ward’s residence on February 18, 2016 was approximately $400,000,” Agent Hill stated in the complaint.

That $400,000 “net loss” is one reason that Ward “has a motive to continue to grow marijuana,” Agent Hill noted. “Ward has made a substantial investment in growing equipment and has no other form of substantial income.”

“Ward receives a small income from social security disability and his union pension,” Hill states. “There is no other form of income that is known to law enforcement investigators.”

A search warrant for Ward’s cell phone – issued on April 15, 2016 by 98th District Court Judge Jane Burgess – was an evidence treasure trove for ATF Special Agent Aaron Voogd.

“Some of the images found” on Ward’s cell phone include “marijuana plants, the Watersmeet dispensary and U.S. currency,” Hill stated.

Ward’s cell phone also provided text messages that federal prosecutors are using as additional evidence.

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The three co-defendants – Peltola, Stapleton and Asikainen – cooperated with federal prosecutors, the U.S. BIA and Michigan State Police during separate interviews at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Marquette while accompanied by their defense attorneys.

The trio “provided substantial background information on Ward’s marijuana manufacturing activities,” Agent Hill stated. “All three confirmed that Ward was in charge of the growing operations at the four locations raided by police.

“Ward employed up to 20 workers at a time during the harvesting of marijuana, which was grown in a large green warehouse on Ward’s property” with the majority “employed as trimmers,” Hill said the co-defendant interviews revealed.

Trimmers “were dedicated to the removal of leaves and stems from the mature marijuana bud,” Hill explained in the complaint.

The unlicensed convicted drug trafficker – Ward – was running a “hands on” operation complete with “time cards,” the complaint states, while Peltola served as paymaster.

In late 2015 and early 2016, Byron Adams – one of the names on Ward’s cell phone – was placed by the boss “in charge of the marijuana grow operation in Bruce Crossing when Ward was not present.” Ward “did a lot of hands on himself” in growing marijuana but Adam’s was Ward’s “right-hand man” who played a “significant role” in the pot growing ring, Agent Hill quoted co-defendants as stating.

Adams was on the employee time card list and “recorded over 500 hours work” at the Bruce Crossing grow location, Agent Hill noted adding “two Michigan Medical Marijuana Application Forms were found at the UPCA dispensary in Watersmeet listing Adams as the caregiver.”

Ward was “pushing Adams to get the marijuana to the flower stage,” the complaint states based on interviews with the co-defendants.

The “flower stage” in marijuana growth “where the plant comes into maturity and begins to produce its buds (flowering)” and is “the final stage of marijuana production.” Agent Hill stated. During this end stage the “buds are pruned, clipped and dried producing usable marijuana.”

A cell phone connected to Byron Adams is “tied to Sheri Adams’ social security number” – his wife, Hill stated.

Records confiscated by police revealed that co-defendant Pete Jousma was listed on an employee time card and worked over 400 hours at the marijuana grow, Hill stated. Jousma’s phone number was listed on Ward’s cell phone and “a photocopy of a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Application form” and a copy of Jousma’s driver’s license were found at the UPCA Watersmeet dispensary, Hill stated. Jousma listed Adams as his caregiver on the marijuana card application form.

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On July 13, 2016, Agent Hill obtained Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WE Energies) records for Jousma address at 16927 Larson Road in Bruce Crossing that involved two separate meter readings “that are both servicing Jousma’s property.”

Among other things, the records showed huge spikes in electricity usage for the months of April, May and June 2016 and Hill noted that the large increase in power usage is “consistent with an indoor marijuana grow.”.

“Marijuana plants require five elements to survive: light, heat, water, air, and medium,” Hill stated. “The amount of light and darkness that a marijuana plants receives determines which growth cycle the plant is in” and when pot plants are “growing and maturing, the plant requires approximately 14-18 hours of light and six hours of darkness.”

In the fall, “the sunlight is decreased to equal amount of daylight and darkness,” Hill stated. The change of “light the plant receives causes the plant to begin to flower or bud.”

The buds “contain the most THC and is what is most frequently harvested and sold as marijuana,” Hill stated. An indoor marijuana grow requires “artificial light sources (typically 1,000 watt bulbs) which consume approximately 1 KW per hour to simulate the sun and control the amount of time the lights are on to simulate the different seasons” all resulting in “a high consumption of power.”

Other reasons a marijuana grow sucks lots of energy include “high intensity discharge lights, air conditioners, blowers to ventilate grow rooms, fans and other electrical appliances used to cultivate marijuana indoors.”

On July 13, 2016, Michigan State Police Det. Trooper Jason Sleeter received information from an UPSET confidential informant who claimed Adams bragged about his marijuana grow and claimed “the marijuana grow was legal” and stated “the plants were three weeks away from being harvested.”

On July 7, 2016, Judge Burgess approved a search warrant for a Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) flight by National Guard Pilot CW4 Mark Snauko and U.S. BIA Agent Hill.

FLIR footage from the flight revealed “heat signatures emitting from a structure” on Adam’s Larson Road property in Bruce Crossing plus “a high heat signature emitting from a pole barn/shed on the curtilage of the property” that is “consistent with an indoor marijuana grow,” Hill stated.

On July 26, 2016, UPSET Detectives and Agent Hill “executed a search warrant” at Jousma’s residence seizing “42 marijuana plants, three hyper fans, two water pumps, four ballasts, 10 grow lights varying in size and 11 firearms.”

Adams agreed to make a statement to police that included admitting he worked for Ward making $10 per hour to do “maintenance and trimming plants.” Adams said he agreed to grow marijuana on Jousma’s property using “a tray of sprouted marijuana seeds” left behind during a raid in February.

“UPSET detectives left the tray of seeds during the the search warrant because the sprouted seeds did not have a root structure and would not qualify as marijuana plants” under federal law.

Adams said Ward agreed to provide the equipment, the plants and nutrients and pay the electric bill in exchange for 60 percent of the marijuana – while Adams agreed to “tend the marijuana plants” for the other 40 percent,” the complaint states.

The complaint revealed some of the text messages on Adam’s phone that was dumped (downloaded) by ATF Agent Voogd.

During his interview with detectives, the complaint states, Jousma said “he worked for Ward for a little while doing carpentry and trimming plants.” Jousma said Ward asked him to temporarily grow marijuana on the Larson Road property with Adams as the grower, the complaint states.

Jousma told detectives “Ward told him that if everything was a ‘good go’ that Ward would pay off Jousma’s mortgage’ and cover all electric bills.

While only asking for additional charges against Ward, Agent Hill noted that even some of the cooperating witnesses were part of restarting the marijuana grow operation while free on bond.

“There is probable cause to believe that Ward, Adams, Jousma and others, known and unknown” conspired to grow and distribute marijuana while free on bond.

Over 100 pounds of processed marijuana and 186 marijuana plants were confiscated during the search of Ward’s home, the complaint states.

During the search of Ward’s residence, police discovered “several large-scale grow rooms” with “large lights, watering systems, fans, and ventilation for Ward’s indoor marijuana grow,” the complaint states.

The searches of three UPCA dispensaries included “seizure of marijuana, sales records, and employment records from each location.”

“Each UPCA dispensary sold marijuana strains with the same names, used the same forms and listed the same prices,” Agent Hill stated.

“Ward has a 2000 conviction in the state of Missouri for trafficking drugs in the 2nd degree” and was “sentenced to 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.”

Here is the first story we did on this case, followed by a lot of new information:

Four Upper Peninsula residents are charged with conspiring to run a marijuana distribution ring that allegedly dealt hundreds of pounds of pot in four U.P. counties after a federal judge on Tuesday ordered a 10-count indictment unsealed.

Charged in the 18-page federal conspiracy indictment are Spencer Troy Ward, 55, of Bruce Crossing; Sharon Marie Peltola, 54, of Bruce Crossing; Robert Harley Stapleton, 43, of Iron River, Craig Robert Asikainen, 36, of Negaunee.

The indictment seeks forfeiture proceedings against the suspects to force them to turn over all property and proceeds from the alleged marijuana conspiracy. As part of two “forfeiture allegations” the government is seeking a money judgment of at least $448,000 from the defendants that “the United States estimates is gross proceeds from the conspiracy charge.

The forfeiture demand includes three parcels of land Ward owns at 14747 N. Paynesville Road in Bruce Crossing; at 3954 U.S. Highway 2 West in Iron River Township; and at 4748 Rosemont St. in Watersmeet Township. The government is seeking any other proceeds of the alleged marijuana ring that may have been omitted on reporting forms by the defendants.

The suspects appeared yesterday (Tues, May 17, 2016) before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley in Marquette on a superseding indictment. A federal grand jury returned the the sealed superseding indictment on May 10 and it was unsealed Tuesday after the suspects appeared in court.

The original indictment, filed April 12, only named Ward. The charges first surfaced against Ward on March 29 in a “sealed criminal complaint” that was unsealed two days later when he made his first appearance in federal court. Out on bond, Ward did not have to make another appearance this week, but the other three were in court Tuesday.

The indictment alleges the ring distributed hundreds of pounds of marijuana between Oct. 2014 and Feb. 18, 2016. Ward is accused of distributing 100 or more marijuana plants plus over 220 pounds (100 kilos) of cultivated marijuana. Peltola, Stapleton and Asikainen are all charged with each distributing 50 or more marijuana plants plus over 110 pounds (50 kilos) of cultivated pot.

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The most serious charge against the four is conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana plants and cultivated marijuana. The suspects “knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with each other and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury,” the indictment charges. The operation distributed pot in Marquette, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Iron counties, according to the grand jury indictment.

Peltola, Asikainen and Stapleton are all charged with one felony count of distribution of marijuana.

In count two of the federal indictment, Peltola is accused of distributing marijuana on or about Dec. 10, 2015 in Gogebic County; count three charges Asikainen with distributing marijuana on or about Feb. 12, 2016 in Marquette County; and count four accuses Stapleton of distributing marijuana on or about Feb. 17, 2016 in Iron County.

Peltola, Asikainen and Stapleton each face one felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Ward is charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and three felony counts of manufacturing 100 or more marijuana plants. All those charges involve incidents ‘on or about Feb. 18, 2016’ in four U.P. counties.

Ward and Peltola are charged in count five with possessing pot with intent to distribute in Gogebic County In count six, Ward and Stapleton are accused of possessing marijuana with plans to distribute in Iron County. Ward and Asikainen are accessed in count seven of possessing pot with intent to distribute in Marquette County. In counts eight nine and 10, Ward allegedly manufactured over 100 pot plants in Ontonagon County.

An initial pretrial conference for Asikainen and Peltola, Stapleton was set for June 14 before Magistrate Greeley; and a tentative jury trial jury trial was set for Sept. 6 before federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell. Further court dates for Ward are being rescheduled and have not yet been set.

Asst. federal public defender Beth LaCosse appeared on behalf of the three defendants Tuesday for first their appearance and arraignment during which Magistrate Greeley defendants advised the trio of the charges, possible penalties and their rights. All defendants stood mute and not guilty pleas were entered by Magistrate Greeley. LaCosse will continue as Asikainen’s attorney, while Peltola and Stapleton will be appointed attorneys. Ward is represented by Marquette attorney Timothy C. Quinnell.

All the suspect were released on personal recognizance bonds with conditions.

U.S. BIA Agent Hill is “assigned to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET).”

“My primary law enforcement mission is to investigate and interdict drug trafficking on and impacting the Native American Reservations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” Hill state4d in the introduction to the felony criminal complaint that she submitted to U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley, who signed the criminal complaint.

Based on the extensive estate and federal probe, Agent Hill stated “there is probable cause to believe that Ward, Adams and Jousma, and others known and unknown, conspired” to distribute marijuana and marijuana plants. Agent Hill stated the trio “and others manufactured, and aided and abetted, the manufacture of marijuana plants and marijuana during the same time period (April-July 25, 2016)” adding “that Ward committed the aforementioned felony offenses while released on bond.”

“I also occasionally conduct drug investigations in upper Midwestern states,” Hill stated.

The allegations in the criminal complaint are “based upon my own investigation, other law enforcement officers investigations, my own observations, information I have obtained from independent Sources of Information (SOI), and documents that I have subpoenaed,” Hill stated in the complaint against Ward.

Laws cited:

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Title 18, USC Chapter 3147

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat

(906) 226-2500

Maarten.Vermaat@usdoj.gov

Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET)

P.O. Box 86

Marquette, MI 49855

(Donations can be sent to the above address)

(906) 228-1002

(906) 228-0756 (fax)

www.facebook.com/upsetdrugs

http://upsetdrugs.com

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/BIA

http://www.bia.gov

http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-028053.pdf

http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/RegionalOffices/Midwest/WeAre/Michigan/index.htm

U.S. BIA Agent Sarah Hill

U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

ATF Special Agent Aaron Voogd

www.ATF.gov

https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/tag/u-s-atf/

U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley

P.O. Box 698

Marquette MI 49855


(906) 226-3854 (office)

(906) 226-3854 (Case manager)

http://www.miwd.uscourts.gov/content/magistrate-judge-timothy-p-greeley

https://www.nmu.edu/criminaljustice/faculty-staff-greeley

https://www.nmu.edu/criminaljustice/here-comes-judge

https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/category/u-s-magistrate-judge-timothy-p-greeley

MSP Det. Trooper Jason Sleeter

http://www.mspta.net/about-us/msp-board-of-awards/

Michigan Medical Marijuana Act

http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-333-26424

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(1uvogk55kdrh5we3ho1cbg45))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-Initiated-Law-1-of-2008.pdf

http://norml.org/legal/item/michigan-medical-marijuana

http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/

Michigan Medical Marijuana Application Forms

http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72603_51869_52139—,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/lara_BHCS_MMMP_Application_Packet_0115_478291_7.pdf

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Medical_Marihuana_RENEWAL_Packet_3-10_313245_7.pdf

http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72603_51869—,00.html

Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation

https://www.reid.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reid_technique

https://www.reid.com/educational_info/critictechnique.html

https://www.reid.com/training_programs/r_training.html

Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (Undercover Techniques and Survival Course)

http://www.counterdrugtraining.com

http://www.counterdrugtraining.com/default.aspx?menuitemid=220

http://www.counterdrugtraining.com/default.aspx?act=EBCoursesDetail.aspx&startrow=1&coursesid=134&menuitemid=219&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

http://www.counterdrugtraining.com/default.aspx?act=EBListingsDetail.aspx&startrow=1&EventTitle=Undercover+Techniques+and+Survival&menuitemid=104&menusubid=

http://www.counterdrugtraining.com/default.aspx?act=EventBuilderViewList.aspx&listtype=public&menuitemid=220&MenuGroup=Left%20Menu&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Upper Peninsula Caregivers Association (UPCA)

https://www.cannacentral.com/dispensaries/upper-peninsula-caregiver-association

98th District Court Judge Jane Burgess

https://ballotpedia.org/Janis_M._Burgess

Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR)

http://www.flir.com

http://www.flir.com/home

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_looking_infrared

Michigan National Guard

Pilot Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Snauko

The Michigan Counterdrug Task Force (MICDTF) Aviation and Ground Operations

Domestic Cannabis Eradication (DCE)/Suppression Program (SP)

MICDTF Aviation Commander Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Snauko

http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,4569,7-126-2360_3016-224844–,00.html

http://minationalguard.com/units-and-leadership/

https://wmich.edu/aviation/files/national-guard-app-process.pdf

https://www.docketalarm.com/cases/Michigan_Western_District_Court/2–07-cr-00004/USA_v._Benzie/31

https://static.dvidshub.net/media/pubs/pdf_8089.pdf

Michigan State Police Troopers Association
1715 Abbey Rd., Suite B
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 336-7782
(517) 336-8997 (fax)

http://www.mspta.net/about-us/msp-board-of-awards

Michigan State Troopers Political Action Committee

https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/section_527/part02/383562795-8872-0001.pdf

Michigan State Police

http://www.michigan.gov/msp

https://www.facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_Police

Missouri Department of Corrections

http://doc.mo.gov

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Department_of_Corrections

Marijuana trimmers

http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/topic/33707-trimming-trimming-trimming/

http://detroitmetrocaregivers.com/faq.php

http://michigan.budtrader.com

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U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Northern Michigan Media Wars #2 – as Northern Star Broadcasting sells the last of its northern Michigan radio stations, a longtime ad executive slaps state and federal lawsuits against the company, its general manager charging retaliation, discrimination, reckless indifference, and more for allegedly violating laws that protect people who are disabled

 

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By Greg Peterson
News Director, Owner
Upper Peninsula Breaking News

(Traverse City, MI) – A longtime advertising  executive for a group of northern Michigan radio stations that serve the eastern Upper Peninsula has filed state and federal lawsuits accusing the owners and its general manager with retaliation, discrimination, reckless indifference, mental anguish and more for allegedly violating laws that protect people with disabilities.

Hired almost 20 years ago, radio ad salesperson Kimberlee McCardel of Traverse City, MI filed her lawsuits about six weeks ago against Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC (as a Michigan company) and the manager of the company’s radio stations Mary Reynolds (as an individual).

But – about a month earlier – many of the radio stations were sold.

Reynolds is/was the General Manager/Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC radio stations across northern Michigan including the eastern Upper Peninsula. Strange in these mass communications days, U.P. Breaking News could not find any online photos of Mary Reynolds – the boss of a pile of radio stations.

Reynolds is – or was – in charge of WQEZ Easy 95.5/106.3; Classic Rock 97.7/98.1/107.1; The Bear, Rock 105; 102.9 Big Country Hits; and Big Country Gold AM 1240 100.7 FM.

BUT – hold the presses – these radio stations have been split up and sold this year – so you might need a scorecard to keep track. Below – read the stories about the chop up and sale – of Northern Star Broadcasting.

The 15-page, five-count federal court lawsuit states McCardel is a victim of retaliation and discrimination under state and federal disability laws.

The suit states another federal investigation into the company’s handling of her claim ended with a finding that McCardel was “discharged based on a disability.”

EEOC Questionaire by Kimberlee McCardel

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USEEOC BannerMcCardel’s lawsuit claims that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation resulted in “a determination that found Plaintiff was denied a reasonable accommodation and discharged based on a disability, and that defendant Northern Star broadcasting/Mary Reynolds “violated the ADA.”

EEOC LogoThe following information was obtained from – or alleged in – the federal lawsuit:

“At all times relevant” to the suit, McCardel “did perform the essential functions of her job” and a “large portion” of her sales job was in the field “calling on clients and potential clients.”

McCardel was seriously injured in an Oct. 14, 2011 traffic accident that resulted in “a traumatic brain injury” plus “neck pain, back pain, headaches, and a sensitivity to light and noise.”

“While recovering from the accident,” McCardel was “allowed to work from home as a reasonable accommodation and was able” to perform her job.

Due to the wreck, McCardel “is impaired in the major life functions of multitasking and often unable to “concentrate when interruptions to her tasks occur.”

Dr. David Oakley, M.D.Two years after the crash, McCardel’s physician, Dr. David Oakley, signed a two-week “medical leave of absence.”

In response to the leave of absence, NSB and Reynolds demanded that McCardel“turn in her laptop and took away her access to her emails” and to “work product.”

Mary Reynolds of Traverse City, MI was the general manager and vice president of Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC and “she was one of the parties involved in the ownership transfer” of NSB in 2013.

At that Nov. 13, 2013 meeting, NBS wanted McCardel’s “medical providers” to provide information on “her disability and request for accommodation.”

Carol Holland, Occupational TherapistMcCardel’s occupational therapist Carol Holland submitted the requested information to Reynolds five days later (Nov. 18) that included “working from home, no fluorescent lighting, and a quiet environment without interruptions.”

The occupational therapist explained McCardel’s list of medical needs including “working in the office necessary for meeting with clients” plus “getting her mail” and specific staff-related meetings needed for sales, business and management.

On Nov. 25, 2013, Reynolds sent an email “forbidding’ McCardel “from talking to any client or contacting a client in any way” until the two “had a chance to meet” in early December.”

Under Count 5, a claim is made under the Michigan Sales Representative Act Violation for withholding sales commission.

The suit makes the ‘disability discrimination’ charges under the national Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PDCRA).

In addition to unspecified monetary damages, the suit seeks:

  • Reinstatement with commensurate pay or “an award of front-pay until” McCardel is 67 years old

  • Pecuniary damages like back pay and benefit with interest

  • Compensatory damages to be determined at trial

  • Attorneys fees and all costs associated with the litigation plus interest

  • Further relief that the court “deems just and equitable”

The suit alleges that what followed was NBS “effectively denying her (McCardel) request for reasonable accommodations” and not “engaging in the reasonable accommodation process” that would allow her to work.

NBS told McCardel that if her doctor decided “you cannot return to work under the prior existing conditions of your employment” then McCardel should “utilize any accrued vacation, sick or personal leave.”

McCardel said she had spent those years attempting “to work with her door closed and lights turned off but it ad not been effective in solving the (medical) problem”

ADA Title VII #1

“I feel the company (NSB) is discriminating against me based on my disability” violating the ADA and the Michigan Persons with Disability Civil Rights Act, McCardel said in a Dec. 3 letter to Reynolds. “You have failed to accommodate my disability.”

“You are retaliating against me for requesting job accommodations and taking disability leave,” said McCardel stating her feelings in the letter. “You not honoring my request for is impairing my ability to earn a livelihood given my commission based compensation.”

McCardel suggested a meeting but the suit alleges in a letter three days later (Dec. 6) Reynolds stated “I am requesting that you not return to work until further notice” that was followed four days later (Dec. 10) by an official termination

Del ReynoldsThe federal civil suit states that NBS was then sold and McCardel was “told her position has been eliminated” during a Dec. 11 meeting with NBS Gen. Mgr. Mary Reynolds and Del Reynolds, NSB Vice Pres. of programming and operations/chief engineer

At that meeting, the Reynolds were “now also the principal owners of the entity that purchased NBS.” McCardel said Del Reynolds “assured” her that she’d receive her earned work commissions “as the company received payments from their clients for work.”

McCardel never received her outstanding commissions and despite reapplying with “the new entity” that bought NSB “was the only non-executive not rehired.”

In addition to lost wages, McCardel suffered “substantial pecuniary losses,” mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life” and other losses. “NBS conducted itself with malice and with reckless indifference” to (McCardel’s) state and federal protected rights, the suit states.

Michigan Sales Representative ActMI Bar Assoc. Fights Sales Commission ActADA Title VII #2

Now some of the radio station sales info:

http://radioink.com/2016/05/26/black-diamond-acquire-northern-star-1-95-million

One of radio’s bigger deals in quite some time will come from Northern Michigan where Black Diamond Broadcast is purchasing eight stations from Northern Star Broadcasting for $1.95 million. Here are the details of the deal brokered by Jason James of Patrick Communications.

The stations changing hands are WCBY-AM Cheboygan, WGFM-FM Cheboygan, WCHY-FM Cheboygan, WGFN-FM Glen Arbor, WMKC-FM Indian River, WOEZ-FM Onaway, WQEZ-FM Glen Arbor, and 100.7 FM W264CF St. Ignace. Black Diamond is owned by Michigan residents Mike Chires and Norm McKee, who also own WUPS-FM Harrison and WTWS-FM Houghton Lake which they purchased in 2015.

Northern Star Broadcasting’s President Del Reynolds said, “These radio stations are huge technical facilities reaching from Cadillac to Canada and Traverse City to Alpena.”

“I believe that Black Diamond is the radio group to continue the tradition of being committed local broadcasters and will be honorable trustees of these FCC licenses. Our staff and our clients are the best in the country and we know that they are in good hands with Black Diamond.”

“They have shown with their previous acquisition of WUPS and WTWS that they know how to serve the local community and we are at ease knowing these groups will continue to grow and thrive with them as we transition into what is next for us.”

Black Diamond partner and CEO Mike Chires stated, “Del and Mary have done a tremendous job of building powerhouse stations that serve their communities extremely well.”

“They have strong relationships with their clients, and the respect of broadcasters throughout the industry, especially in Michigan, which is the ultimate compliment. We look forward to continuing the legacy and the relationships they’ve built with their clients and communities these great stations serve.” Norm McKee, Black Diamond partner and COO/CFO added.

“The Northern Star properties permit us to establish a group of 10 radio stations serving all of central and northern Michigan with quality broadcasting, sports, and community coverage. We can now serve listeners and clients from the Zilwaukee Bridge to north of the Mackinac Bridge, and from Ludington to Oscoda (Bridge to Bridge, Coast to Coast).”

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Below is further information from the lawsuit and those involved.

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Northern Star Broadcasting civil action summons 1

Northern Star Broadcasting civil action summons 2

Northern Star Broadcasting Disability Violations Main Suit

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 1

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 2

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 3

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 4

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 5

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 6

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 7

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 8

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 9

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 10

Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 11

Filed 5/20/16

15 pages

Five Counts

Count 1

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Disability Discrimination

Count 2

ADA Retaliation

Count 3

Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PDCRA) Disability Discrimination

Count 4

MI PDCRA Retaliation

Count 5

A Claim under the Michigan Sales Representative Act Violation for withholding sales commission

Kimberlee McCardel

Kimberlee McCardel

vs

Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC (as a Michigan company)

Mary Reynolds (as an individual)

NSB Website not updated

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McCardel Lawyers:

Kevin M. Keenan (72216)

Keenan@wuattorneys.com

Glenn L. Smith (43156)

Smith@wuattorneys.com

250 Monroe Ave., NW

Suite 100

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-459-7100

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The suit seeks:

  • Reinstatement with commensurate pay or “an award of front-pay until” McCardel is 67 years old

  • Pecuniary damages like back pay and benefit with interest

  • Compensatory damages to be determined at trial

  • Attorneys fees and all costs associated with the litigation plus interest

  • Further relief that the court “deems just and equitable.”

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

A “pendent state court claim(s)” are being brought pursuant to both – Michigan Sales Representative Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act

The federal court has “supplemental jurisdiction” over the state court claims

McCardel has filed “a charge of employment discrimination on the basis of disability with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days of the commission of the unlawful employment practices alleged” in the complaint.

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 1)

The EEOC investigation resulted in “a determination that found Plaintiff was denied a reasonable accommodation and discharged based on a disability, and that defendant Northern Star broadcasting/Mary Reynolds “violated the ADA.”

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 2)

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 3)

Kimberlee McCardel of Traverse City, MI:

McCardel was hired by NSB on April 6, 1998 as an “integrated marketing consultant engaged in sales for NSB” at its office at 3250 Racquet Club Drive in Traverse City.

“At all times relevant” to the suit, McCardel “did perform the essential functions of her job” and a “large portion” of her sales job was in the field “calling on clients and potential clients.”

McCardel was seriously injured in an Oct. 14, 2011 traffic accident that resulted in “a traumatic brain injury” plus “neck pain, back pain, headaches, and a sensitivity to light and noise.”

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 4 – Letters from Dr. David Oakley on Dec. 4 and OT Carol Holland on Nov. 18)

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 5)

“While recovering from the accident,” McCardel was “allowed to work from home as a reasonable accommodation and was able” to perform her job.

Due to the wreck, McCardel “is impaired in the major life functions of multitasking and often unable to “concentrate when interruptions to her tasks occur.”

Two years after the crash, McCardel’s physician, Dr. David Oakley, signed a two-week “medical leave of absence.”

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 6)

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 7)

In response to the leave of absence, NSB and Reynolds demanded that McCardel “turn in her laptop and took away her access to her emails” and to “work product.”

Northern Star Broadcasting in Traverse City, MI

Mary Reynolds of Traverse City, MI was the general manager and vice president of Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC and “she was one of the parties involved in the ownership transfer” of NSB in 2013.

McCardel was not allowed to return to work on Nov. 6, 2013 and met on Nov. 13 with Reynolds and Dave Simmons, president of NSB

During that meeting, the two NBS executives and McCardel “discussed her return to work” plus her employers requested “additional information” on accommodations her condition required

At that Nov. 13, 2013 meeting, NBS wanted McCardel’s “medical providers” to provide information on “her disability and request for accommodation.”

McCardel’s occupational therapist Carol Holland submitted the requested information to Reynolds five days later (Nov. 18) that included “working from home, no fluorescent lighting, and a quiet environment without interruptions.”

(See above – Exhibit 4 – letters from Dr. Oakley on Dec. 4 and OT Holland on Nov. 18)

The occupational therapist explained McCardel’s list of medical needs including “working in the office necessary for meeting with clients” plus “getting her mail” and specific staff-related meetings needed for sales, business and management.

(See Exhibit 5)

On Nov. 25, 2013, Reynolds sent an email “forbidding’ McCardel “from talking to any client or contacting a client in any way” until the two “had a chance to meet” in early December.”

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 8)

McCardel received a letter dated Nov. 27, 2013 from Reynolds that confirmed receipt of the medical information but added “apparently you are somehow relating this request to an automobile accident that happened over two years ago” and since have continued to work in NBS offices.

“You know that your request comes at the most inopportune time in our business with the holidays and yearend sandwiched on top of the pending merger and acquisition,” states the email from Reynolds to McCardel. “You are welcome to close your door and cut down on the usual office chatter and shut your lights.”

The suit alleges that what followed was NBS “effectively denying her (McCardel) request for reasonable accommodations” and not “engaging in the reasonable accommodation process” that would allow her to work.

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 9)

NBS told McCardel that if her doctor decided “you cannot return to work under the prior existing conditions of your employment” then McCardel should “utilize any accrued vacation, sick or personal leave.”

McCardel said she had spent those years attempting “to work with her door closed and lights turned off but it ad not been effective in solving the (medical) problem”

“I feel the company (NSB) is discriminating against me based on my disability” violating the ADA and the Michigan Persons with Disability Civil Rights Act, McCardel said in a Dec. 3 letter to Reynolds. “You have failed to accommodate my disability.”

“You are retaliating against me for requesting job accommodations and taking disability leave,” said McCardel stating her feelings in the letter. “You not honoring my request for is impairing my ability to earn a livelihood given my commission based compensation.”

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 10)

McCardel suggested a meeting but the suit alleges in a letter three days later (Dec. 6) Reynolds stated “I am requesting that you not return to work until further notice” that was followed four days later (Dec. 10) by an official termination

(Northern Star Broadcasting Exhibit 11)

The federal civil suit states that NBS was then sold and McCardel was “told her position has been eliminated” during a Dec. 11 meeting with NBS Gen. Mgr. Mary Reynolds and Del Reynolds, NSB Vice Pres. of programming and operations/chief engineer

At that meeting, the Reynolds were “now also the principal owners of the entity that purchased NBS.”

McCardel said Del Reynolds “assured” her that she’d receive her earned work commissions “as the company received payments from their clients for work”

McCardel never received her outstanding commissions and despite reapplying with “the new entity” that bought NSB “was the only non-executive not rehired.”

In addition to lost wages, McCardel suffered “substantial pecuniary losses,” mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life” and other losses.

“NBS conducted itself with malice and with reckless indifference” to (McCardel’s) state and federal protected rights, the suit states.

Related links and information:

Kimberlee McCardel LinkedIn Graphic

 

Kimberlee McCardel

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlee-mccardel-129a2615

Lite 93 promotion with chefs with Kimberlee McCardel

Northern Express website caption for above photo: Chef Dan Huey, Catherine Stownehouse, Chef Ardi Huey and Kimberlee McCardel enjoying a cooking demonstration at Pro Build.

http://npaper-wehaa.com/run/npaper?paper=northernexpress&get=gDraw&pgid=905196&x=269&y=367&w=138&h=267&pw=559&ph=665&pid=26326&t=2

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Dr. David Oakley, M.D.

Dr. David Oakley, M.D.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine graduate

Practiced at Grand Traverse Internists since 1995

www.gtinternists.com/about-us.html

Carol Holland, Occupational Therapist

Carol Holland, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy/Memory and Attention Training Center

Munson Healthcare
1105 Sixth St.
Traverse City, MI 49684

231-935-0388
cholland@mhc.net

www.munsonhealthcare.org

http://braininjurynorth.com/Occupational%20Therapy.html

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-holland-7198b414

Fans not happy:

chuck69dotcom@gmail.com

http://beeotchoftheday.blogspot.com

Bee-otch of the Day is a production of www.Chuck69.com, Grand Rapids’ site for Stern, politics and more!
http://beeotchoftheday.blogspot.com/2013/04/4913-bee-otch-of-day-northern-star.html

http://beeotchoftheday.blogspot.com/2011/11/back-page-northern-star-sells-back-to.html

A soothsayer in April 2013:

But, here’s the $64 Million Question: will Rock 105 last?

Remember, NSB is trying to sell itself back to Del Reynolds.

In order to do so, they’re trying to spin off 94.5 and 93.9 to the teabaggers that own WYPV 106.3 in Onaway for 106.3. The sale of 94.5 has been approved, but not 93.9, and that station is now silent for the time being.

Only time will tell what will happen, but one thing’s for sure: thank God I have Sirius.

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NSB Website not updated

Mary Reynolds

mary@nsbroadcasting.com

hr@nsbroadcasting.com

231-290-1910 (cell)

NBS General Manager

NBS Vice President of Sales/Marketing

Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC

WQEZ Easy 95.5/106.3; Classic Rock 97.7/98.1/107.1; The Bear Rock 105; 102.9 Big Country Hits; and Big Country Gold AM 1240 100.7 FM

Del Reynolds, NSB Vice Pres. of programming and operations/chief engineer

http://www.michiguide.com/dials/owners/nstar.html

Northern Star Broadcasting, LLC,

514 Munson Ave.

Traverse City, MI 49686

NBS Pres. Dave Simmons

Think we found him – but want to make sure before post info

W. Palmer Pyle, Former President & Founder Northern Star Broadcasting, Traverse City

W. Palmer Pyle
Retired Owner and Founder of Northern Star Broadcasting, Traverse City

http://michmab.com/AboutMAB/MemberUpdates/mid/663/newsid663/62/dnnprintmode/true?SkinSrc=%5BG%5DSkins%2F_default%2FNo+Skin&ContainerSrc=%5BG%5DContainers%2F_default%2FNo+Container

http://newsletter.michmab.com/june12/june12a

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Northern Star Broadcasting

1356 Mackinaw Avenue
Cheboygan, MI 49721

231-627-2341 Ext. 395
231-627-0395

231-627-7000 (fax)

514 Munson Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49684


231-922-4981 Ext. 111
231-922-3633 (fax)

http://nsbroadcasting.com/contact

 

Sovereign Communications 2010 buys U.P. stations

Sovereign Communications logo

Sovereign Communications, LLC

P.O. Box 1230

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Based in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

We couldn’t find an official website – but there is this “book”

Sovereign Communications Promo includes Wikipedia

https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/sovereign-communications/isbn/978-613-5-46217-3

WMIQ Talk Radio Logo

http://www.wmiq.net/contact.html

http://www.1230wsoo.com/

http://www.wjpd.com/page.php?page_id=81

906-632-2231 (office)

906-632-4411 (fax)

Key Executives for Sovereign Communications, LLC

Mr. Bill Gleich, President and Chief Executive Officer Sovereign

Mr. Bill Gleich, President and Chief Executive Officer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_Communications

www.michiguide.com/dials/owners/sovrn.html

www.secondwavemedia.com/upper-peninsula/features/sovereign21115.aspx

http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=98185204

http://listings.findthecompany.com/l/8878667/Sovereign-Communication-Llc-in-Sault-Sainte-Marie-MI

Sault Ste. Marie, MI:

WSOO Radio website

 

1230 AM WSOO Full service

www.1230wsoo.com

WYSS Contemporary Hits

101.3 WSUE Rock

www.rock101.net

105.5 WMKD Country

1400 WKNW ESPN/Sports

Marquette, MI:

92.3 WJPD Country

94.1 WUPK Rock

99.5 WNGE Oldies

1320 WDMJ News/Talk

Iron Mountain, MI:

93.1 WIMK Rock

94.3 WZNL Hot Adult Contemporary

1450 WMIQ Talk

Newberry, MI:

93.9 WNBY-FM Oldies

1450 WNBY Classic Country

Ishpeming, MI

1240 WIAN News/Talk

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Black Diamond Broadcast Holding Group

Owners Mike Chires and Norm McKee

Chires is also CEO

Black Diamond Broadcast Holding has agreed to acquire eight stations from Northern Michigan-based Northern Star Broadcasting for $1.95 million.

The transaction encompasses multiple signals in Traverse City-Petoskey, MI, and includes WCBY-AM (1240), WGFM-FM (105.1) and WCHY-FM (97.7)/Cheboygan, along with WGFN-FM (98.1) and WQEZ-FM (95.5)/Glen Arbor, WMKC-FM (102.9)/Indian River, WOEZ-FM (106.3)/Onaway and W264CF (100.7)/St. Ignace.

Black Diamond, owned by long-time broadcast executives and life-long Michigan residents, Mike Chires and Norm McKee, currently own WUPS-FM/Harrison and WTWS-FM/Houghton Lake, both purchased in 2015.

Black-Diamond-Broadcasting-WUPS-Twister

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WUPS

https://media.info/radio/news/black-diamond-broadcast-holdings-buys-7-full-power-michigan-stations-1-translator-from-northern-star

www.ourmidland.com/business/article/Black-Diamond-buys-WUPS-FM-WTWS-FM-6908222.php

http://radioink.com/2016/05/26/black-diamond-acquire-northern-star-1-95-million/

www.wups.com/

http://rbr.com/black-diamond-to-acquire-northern-star-broadcasting

http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/154029/black-diamond-broadcast-holdings-buys-7-full-power

Black Diamond Broadcast Holding

http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=b14744

RIP NBS Favs by FanNorthern Star Broadcasting, LLC

http://nsbroadcasting.com

http://www.fccinfo.com/CMDProEngine.php?sCurrentService=FM&tabSearchType=Appl&sAppIDNumber=1419937

Strong Tower logo

West Central Michigan Media Ministries

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strong_Tower_Radio

http://www.strongtowerradio.org

WIHC

http://www.fccinfo.com/CMDProFacLookup.php?tabSearchType=Lice&sLicensee=WEST+CENTRAL+MICHIGAN+MEDIA+MINISTRIES

http://www.michiguide.com/dials/owners/wcmmm.html

Michigan Broadcasters

Still investigating

 Baraga Radio Group

Baraga Broadcasting

http://www.thecatholiclight.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTCK

Up North Radio

http://news.michmab.com/northern-star-broadcasting-stations-sold/

Patrick Communications

Patrick Communications

(Read how they brokered the sales of many northern Michigan radio stations)

www.patrickcommunications.com

Classic Rock The Bear WGFN-FM/WCKC-FM/WCHY-FM 98.1 FM/97.7 FM/107.1 FM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGFN

www.classicrockthebear.com

WGFM ROCK 105 FM coverage map

105 ROCK WGFM 105.1 FM 103.7 FM

www.rock105.fm

http://nsbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/Rock-105-Radio-Station-Information-2.pdf

Big Country Hits WMKC FM 102.9 FM

http://1029bigcountry.com

WCBY Big Country Gold coverage map

Big Country Gold WCBY AM/FM 1240 AM/100.7 FM

www.bigcountrygold.com

Easy WQEZ FM 106.3 FM/95.5 FM

http://wqez.fm

ADA Chnages graphic

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm

www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html

www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/

www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/qa_domestic_violence.cfm

http://slideplayer.com/slide/3442802

Michigan Sales Representative Act

Michigan Sales Representative Act

www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(j2z3y5suxj3adxet0a1eklyt))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-600-2961

www.michbar.org/file/journal/pdf/pdf4article2419.pdf

www.fosterswift.com/publications-Michigan-Sales-Rep-Act-Review-Commission-Agreements.html

www.hamblinlaw.com/michigan-sales-commission-disputes.html

Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act

Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act: Employment

www.michigan.gov/documents/PWDCRA10-05_115444_7.pdf

www.michigan.gov/disabilityresources/0,4563,7-223-40879—,00.html

Rehabilitation Act of 1973-Section 504

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

Michigan Special Education & Early Intervention Services

USEEOC Questions banner

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

www.eeoc.gov

www.facebook.com/USEEOC

https://twitter.com/EEOCNews

https://twitter.com/eeocespanol

www.youtube.com/user/TheEEOC

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USEEOC/subscriber/new

Following info from Wikipedia:

All Northern Michigan stations were sold to Black Diamond Broadcasting in 2016 unless otherwise stated

93.9 FM WAVC (Mio; sold to Michigan Broadcasters in 2013)

94.5 FM WLJZ (Mackinaw City; sold to Michigan Broadcasters in 2013)

95.5 FM WQEZ (Glen Arbor)

97.7 FM WCHY (Cheboygan)

98.1 FM WGFN (Glen Arbor)

102.9 FM WMKC (Indian River, previously St. Ignace)

103.7 FM W279CC (Alpena)

105.1 FM WGFM (Cheboygan)

106.3 FM WOEZ (Onaway)

107.1 FM WCKC (Cadillac; sold to Up North Radio in 2016)

1240 AM WCBY (Cheboygan)

The 2010 shakeup

http://www.michiguide.com/archives2010/northern-michigan-up/2010/02

Western Upper Peninsula

All of Northern Star Broadcasting’s stations in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula were sold to Sovereign Communications in 2010

92.3 FM WJPD (Ishpeming)

93.1 FM WIMK (Iron Mountain)

94.1 FM WUPK (Marquette)

94.3 FM WZNL (Norway)

99.5 FM WNGE (Negaunee)

1240 AM WIAN (Ishpeming)

1320 AM WDMJ (Marquette)

1450 AM WMIQ (Iron Mountain)

Eastern Upper Peninsula

97.9 FM WIHC (Newberry; sold to West Central Michigan Media Ministries in 2011)

99.5 FM WYSS (Sault Ste. Marie; sold to Sovereign Communications in 2010)

100.7 FM W264CF (St. Ignace; sold to Black Diamond Broadcasting in 2016)

105.5 FM WMKD (Pickford; sold to Sovereign Communications in 2010)

940 AM WIDG (St. Ignace; sold to Baraga Broadcasting in 2008)

1400 AM WKNW (Sault Ste. Marie; sold to Sovereign Communications in 2010)

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